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A Closer Look: Arizona’s Defensive Front 7

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 19, 2012 – 6:25 am

There was a period of time recently in which the Arizona Cardinals were one of the least-feared teams in the NFL. They registered just one winning season from 1985-2007. Just one in that entire span of years. Ken Whisenhunt took over as head coach in 2007, and since then the Cardinals have been a tough team to beat. In 2008 they went all the way to the Super Bowl, losing a heart-breaker to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The 2012 version of the Cardinals is definitely a Whisenhunt-type of team, rather than the type of team Arizona fielded during that incredible drought from the mid-80s to ‘07. And a big reason for the team’s success recently – they’re 11-4 in their last 15 games – is their stingy defense, particularly their defensive front 7. The talented defensive front 7 is the subject of today’s A Closer Look…

So far, so good
Through the first 6 weeks of the 2012 season, the Cardinals defense ranks tied for 5th in points allowed per game (15.8) and 10th in yards allowed per game (329.3) and passing yards allowed per game (216.0). Their run defense has been stingy, too, as they’ve gone 14 consecutive games without allowing a 100-yard rusher. This season, they’ve held some quality RBs in check – Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch (85 yards); New England’s Stevan Ridley (71); Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy (70); Miami’s Reggie Bush (67); St. Louis’ Steven Jackson (76); and Buffalo’s dual attack of Fred Jackson (53) and CJ Spiller (88). The last player to rush for 100+ yards against them was Jackson in November of 2011.

It all starts up front
So who are these defenders making life tough for opposing offenses? Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier mentioned two of them during a press conference earlier in the week.

“Both (Calais) Campbell and (Darnell) Dockett are guys who, boy, you really have to know where they are. They create havoc for your offensive line,” Frazier said. “They’ve got some (other) guys who can make plays, but Calais Campbell, his size alone creates problems and he has great strength and great athleticism, along with Dockett. Both of those guys are a couple of the reasons why their defense is so stout and so good. They have a very, very good defense.”

Past performances, including their performance so far in 2012, support Frazier’s opinion. Dockett has been one of the best DTs in the NFL since the Cardinals chose him with a 3rd-round pick in 2007. He has 28.5 sacks since 2007, more than any other DT in the NFL. Campbell, who measures in at an incredible 6-8, 300 pounds, was a 2nd-round pick in 2008 and has developed into a monster on Arizona’s defense. He was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the New England Patriots in Week 2, when he had 2.0 sacks, 10 tackles, 2 TFLs and 3 QB pressures in the Cardinals win. Vikings Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave also noted this week that Campbell has a knack for batting passes down, making him a threat even when he doesn’t reach the QB in time.

1st-tier performance at 2nd level
Football terminology defines LBs as being on the 2nd level of the defense. But there’s nothing “2nd level” about this group of Cardinals LBs. The group is led by talented youngster Daryl Washington. The former TCU star who plays inside LB for the Cardinals had a breakout season last year, collecting 111 tackles, 16 TFLs, 5.0 sacks, 2 INTs and 7 pass breakups (PBUs). He’s following that performance with another all-star worthy campaign this year.

Last week, Washington registered 14 tackles and a forced fumble, giving him at least 10 tackles in 3 of 6 games this year. Washington also has 4.0 sacks on the season, making him one of only five NFL defenders who’ve recorded at least 9.0 sacks and 2.0 INTs dating back to 2011.

On the outside, the Cardinals feature Sam Acho and O’Brien Schofield. Now in his 3rd year, Schofield is coming into his own. The 4th-round pick (2010) out of Wisconsin missed much of his rookie season due to injury and was mostly a reserve last year, but this year he’s earning his stripes. Over the last 4 games, Schofield has totaled 23 tackles, 4.0 sacks, 4.0 TFLs and 8 QB pressures.

“They’ve got more explosiveness out there at their outside linebackers, that’s for sure,” Musgrave said on Thursday. “They’re younger, they’ve got more juice, their inside ‘backers are playing well. Paris (Lenon) is a veteran as we know, and the young guy from TCU (Washington) is playing better and better every time he gets on the field.”

The named not yet mentioned in this group of talented LBs is Sam Acho, a 6-2, 262-pound defender chosen in the 4th round out of Texas in 2011. The trio of Acho, Schofield and Washington – who are starting together (along with Lenon) for the first time in their careers – have combined for 97 tackles, 11.0 sacks, 16 TFLs, 4 PBUs, 3 forced fumbles and 25 QB pressures.

Long story longer, these aren’t your father’s Arizona Cardinals. In large part because of their defense, more specifically their defensive front 7, the Vikings will be in for a knock-down, drag-out fight on Sunday when Whisenhunt brings his club to Mall of America Field for a showdown between a pair of angry 4-2 teams coming off losses a week ago.


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128 Responses to “A Closer Look: Arizona’s Defensive Front 7”

  1. By Mike B. on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    first

  2. By Mike B. on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    I still say even with a tough Defense you have to keep them honest and not let them bunch up on the line when AP is in the game. You need to recognize they are doing and burn them deep. This will make the hesitate to cme in and then AP will have some running room.

  3. By TBurbs on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    I say we need to throw to set up the run not run to set up the pass! They’ll never expect that!

  4. By Rikcy on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Dear Coach Frazier,
    Beat Arizona! I’m done, I’m finished! My dad used to shout all the time at the TV when you were playing football. My friends are going to shout at you when they come to the game on Sunday. I want to get Abbie a Vikings hat for her birthday. Good luck on the game!

    Ricky

  5. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Just saw Kluwe on the front page of CNN– not the sports page, but home page. How does that serve the team?

  6. By Parkway on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    He likes to make news

  7. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Interesting article on the other blog Parkway– how can Musgrave now wonder why he kept Harvin out of all those red zone plays? I credit him for his transparency– at least there is hope.

  8. By vikingbob136 on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    I think we are evenly matched against the Cardinals.
    If we don’t turn the ball over and establish a running game, we have a great chance of winning.
    Red zone offense has to be more creative.
    Go Vikes!

  9. By Parkway on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    I agree Titus it seems pretty basic to keep your best offensive weapon on the field when you get to the red zone. Carlson and Simpson better show up this week

    Here’s some proof that a new OC could be a good idea. Direct quote from this article http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/Pelissero_Vikings_arent_pressing_Chris_Cook_to_play_more_at_the_line101812
    “The Vikings, for instance, had become so predictable within their Tampa-2 scheme that one of new coordinator Alan Williams’ first tasks upon taking the job in January was to analyze his personnel and work with coach Leslie Frazier to devise new wrinkles.”

    That’s how our offense is most of the time. It’s all nice in theory to just line up with double tight ends and say “we’re gonna run and we don’t care if you know it we are just going to play power football” but when it only yields a yard at a time, it’s time to come up with some creative run designs to get AP the ball.

  10. By Parkway on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Not to mention when our entire passing game is contained within ten yards from the line of scrimmage it doesn’t tend to get 8 men out of the box very often which is partially personnel aside from just scheme.

  11. By Parkway on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    @viking bob: Not turning the ball over will be key. Don’t want to give away 14 pts like we did to the skins. I just hope we don’t go ultra conservative mode since they have a pretty good D. Open it up!

  12. By tomcat on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    This is a good match-up for the Vikes. While the Cards defense is tough, they are a little light up front, and we should be able to slug it out withA.P. and Toby. We can take advantage of their aggressiveness with traps,counters, delays, and screens. If the ankle is o.k. A.P. may have a big game! While it won`t please the fans a conservative approach is the ticket here. On the flipside, J.A.& friends have to be slobbering at the prospect of taking on the Cards line. Skelton is in for a rough day at the office! I`m thinking multiple sacks, and hopefully a few turnovers. This game could turn into a route, but I predict Vikings 24- Cards 16. Skol!!!

  13. By vikingbob136 on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    @Parkway
    We are still short one guy who can spread the field.
    Sydney Rice looked pretty good last night.(I am just saying!)
    Still think we should have signed Plaxico for one year.He’s a big target.
    Coulda, woulda, shoulda.

  14. By Parkway on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Plax is still a free agent

  15. By Mike B. on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Plax TO and Chad Johnson are sitting at home watching games not playing.

  16. By Spencer on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Larry Fitzgerald can beat man coverage en-route better than anyone. 2-deep worked on Calvin Johnson/Lions because they ran 9 routes all day long mixed in with a couple slants. Larry runs every route, and if you play him man-2 deep you’ll be seeing 9 yard catches all day long.

    You don’t really beat Larry with coverage; you delay him with zone and pressure his QB into bad decisions.

  17. By Spencer on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    A Chris Cook article…

    http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/Pelissero_Vikings_arent_pressing_Chris_Cook_to_play_more_at_the_line101812

  18. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Getting pressure up the middle from our defense will have Skelton rushing his throws…

    Skelton is a pocket pa sser…Move him out of the pocket…His accuracy and timing will be off…Skelton is not very good on the move…

    Wish the Vikings had more speed at WR…If Simpson plays and is healthy…That will help…

    But the Vikings still need another deep threat…The threat of deep pass would let the whole offense run better…And move the opposing safeties on defense off the line of scrimmage…So AP can get bigger holes to run through…

    The Vikings have one GLARING weakness on offense…And that is the WR position…

  19. By Angie on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Is anyone else having issues viewing the videos on this site? Like the press conferences?

  20. By Plaxico on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    You guys need an big red zone presence. You may have to bite the bullet and give an old veteran a shot.

  21. By Plaxico on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    I maybe be on the last legs of my career, but I can still help.

  22. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Mike W.– really redundant in the supporting second sentence:

    They registered just one winning season from 1985-2007. Just one in that entire span of years.

    Try this:

    They registered just one winning season from 1985-2007. Just one.

    Less is often stronger when wanting emphasis. I offer consulting on communications, especially writing. Want to be the best? Contact me.

  23. By Parkway on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    I agree Plax. I know we don’t really want stopgap players but especially when we could use some help in the redzone it would be good to get a big receiver like that. That’s basically where he helped the Jets last year

  24. By Tim S on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    We do need a receiver bad… but plaxico isn’t the answer. And neither was Simpson. The longer we keep Chris Summers on the practice squad the longer his talent will be wasted. Trying him out for a game or 2 really would not hurt us at all considering how terrible our wideout depth is.

  25. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Bernard Berrian is the answer, my friends…

  26. By Parkway on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    I think Simpson will only be a one year player with us unless he puts up about 1000 yards and 12 TDs between now and the end of the season which I don’t see happening.

  27. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Bernard Berrian is the answer

  28. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.bernardberrian.com/

  29. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    PAY PERCY!

  30. By Parkway on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    So true Titus. Gotta bring back Asher Allen too

  31. By vikingbob136 on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Simpson is here only for this year.
    I would never have T.O. on our team.
    Chad Johnson would be a nice addition.
    Plaxico is my choice.
    But unfortunately we won’t sign anyone else.Spielman’s hands are tied by the Wilf’s tight pockets

  32. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    We need a new blog about Ponder’s girlfriend:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/christian-ponder-confirms-dating-espn-samantha-steele-203032773–nfl.html

  33. By Parkway on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Nice find

  34. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    No wonder he had trouble in Washington.

  35. By Spencer on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Unleash Everson Griffen!

  36. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Play WEBB!!!

  37. By RichardA1 on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Purple canibals are due for a big game, as in sack sack sack and more crunching, berzerk Defense!!!

  38. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    They should start playing Webb like a Percy Harvin. Come on!!!

  39. By Parkway on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Webb, Harvin, Peterson to run the triple option

  40. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    The OC should be confusing defenses, not be confused.

  41. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Forty-six of Ponder’s 51 pas ses last week were short throws, and 211 of his 351 yards came in the fourth quarter, when the Vikings were trying to rally from an 18-point deficit…

    So why is Musgrave waiting until we are way behind in the 4th quarter, to unleash the Vikings offense ???…

    Spielman…Make a trade for quality WR…If you can’t seem to find a WR on another teams practice squad ???…

  42. By Purplegoldman on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Both of our losses were due to poor desensive game planning and poor effort, That,s going to happen once in a while with a new defensive coach and scheme. our Defense and offense will get dialed in for Arizona and the rest of the season. So if we lose anymore games, it will be to lack of aditional talent needed on both sides of the ball, WR,s O Linemen and D linemen. We should have a Monster twam after the 2014 draft. We will make the Niners and Texans look like the Browns. Mark my words.

  43. By Muskyfever on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    We have a large ptential for multiple sacks in this game. Not only do the cards have one of the worst Olines in the NFL right now. But their RB is hurt. I look for them to throw 50+ times this game. Leave lots of opportunity for J.A. and company to light it up in the back field.

    I think this is going to be a low scoring game maybe vikes 21 cards 17. Or Blair walsh will have to win this one with his foot. Vikes 24 Cards 21

  44. By Muskyfever on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    all this talk about getting/signging another big WR this year is getting quite Laborious. Clearly, unless Harvin goes down, their not going to sign anyone else. They havn’t even given our other guys like Burton and Wright a shot, Heck even Simpson hasn’t been playing recently. Why would we go out and get another WR who were not going to use. Its’ not going to happen this season gentleman… I think it’s time we figure out a differetn solution to help the team cause this one is not going to happen

  45. By iaVIKE on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Skelton is a pretty good QB, but no matter who it is back there, if they’re runnin for their life then mistakes will be made/forced. It’s inevitable. If there’s not at least two INTs i’ll be disappointed.

  46. By JE on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Simpson will be worth a ton to this team if he stays healthy. He is going to come up big thruout the rest of the season and all this talk about Plax and TO WILL BE GONE!!! I have never seen so many fans give up on players so fast in my life than on this website.

  47. By iaVIKE on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Agreed JE. If a player doesn’t have MVP caliber stats then a lot of people on this site call for him to be benched…

  48. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    It is the nature of the Vikings fan. A week ago today, we were 4-1 and everyone was speaking of playoffs and how wrong the pundits were. Today, after a loss, at 4-2, everyone is screaming about all the problems surrounding this team.
    Gang– that is how animals think– respond and react to only what is immediately before them— see a steak? Now you are hungry. Replace the steak with a coke– and now you are thirsty and forget that you wanted that steak.

    Get a grip. Think conceptually. Have vision. Learn to think abstractly and not respond with your senses.

  49. By iaVIKE on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Ti uhh i mean BSAS speakin the truth!

  50. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Percy and AP are getting “over worked”…There isn’t a fan out there, that doesn’t see that happening right now…

    But. I guess its okay though…Because we haven’t seen Harvin or AP carted off the field yet ???…

    They have been limping off the field,throwing up, and needing oxygen masks between plays…But lets keep beating those 2 players into the ground…Until they can’t get up ???…

    Simpson was out 3 games on suspension…And hasn’t stayed healthy since…And we are almost half way through the season…

    Vikings need to pay Percy after this season…And they will… So a big name receiver will not be traded for…The team can not afford to big WR contracts…

    But we don’t need a big name receiver…Just a decent second receiver out there…

    Why do the Vikings do EVERYTHING out of necessity !!!…They don’t run an open playbook…Unless down by 2 TD’s late in a game…

    Lets not worry about getting a WR…Until we injure Harvin…From being overworked to much ???…

    Just saying, at some point…

    When is a Viking fan going to feel there coaching staff is AHEAD OF THE GAME at something for once !!!…

    Instead of battling EVERYTHING from behind the proverbial eight ball… : /

  51. By Parkway on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve been calling for Musgrave’s job for over a year now so unless he steps up his game I will continue to be displeased with his inability to play call.

  52. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    *to big=two big

  53. By iaVIKE on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    For once i don’t think i agree with you OTK. Percy made a big deal about his role in the offense this offseason, we all know that, and we all know that he wants the ball in his hands, so Musgrave and Ponder give it to him and let him do his thing.
    I’ve seen AP get held back several times so far this year, i may be wrong but he has only gone over 20 carries once? I see the staff still being very cautious with him, a little more action each week.

  54. By Parkway on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    I’d expect to see a lot less of AP this week considering his ankle sprain

  55. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    This team is a play off contender !!!…Or could be ???…

    Ponder is doing GREAT !!!…Along with a very good defense…Much improved secondary…Very good offensive line…Great RB’s…Very good TE’s…etc,etc…

    But how far is a team going into the division or play offs…

    With both your outside WR’s together averaging 4 catches and 50 yds a game ???…

    I feel those stats are a major concern going forward…If other fans think its “nit picking” ???…Fine…

  56. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    AP had a bad ankle last…And carried the ball 17 times…

    Why did Gerhart only carry the ball one time ???…When AP had a slight sprain…Didn’t anyone else see him limp off the field in the middle of game last week ???…

    Yet Gerhart only carried the football once ???…I don’t understand why ???…

  57. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Last week…Harvin took a shot from behind…On one of his MANY kick off returns (he usually only returns the opening kick off)…Harvin limped off the field…

    What if Harvin stayed down and was out for the season on that play ???…

    Sherels is fully capable of returning kick offs…Why did they extend Harvins work load last Sunday…Isn’t Harvin doing plenty for the team already ???…

  58. By Parkway on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Exactly OTK if we were losing to playoff teams it would be different… but if we are already having this much trouble with non playoff teams imagine how tough our last 6 games are going to be. I already predicted 2-4 through our last 6 games would be considered a major win.

  59. By Parkway on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    I wish Ron Paul was president

  60. By JE on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    There isnt a great player in this league that doesnt want the ball as much as they possibly can get it. How do you think Harvins agent is going to demand the top dollar value for him this off season. You can say we are “running them into the ground” but they are football players and its what they are being paid millions of dollars to do.

  61. By JE on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Injuries are just part of the game.If you get hurt you rehab it and get back out on the field. JSimpson missed last weeks game and said he was ready to play. That was Frasiers call but that cost Simp 60,000 dollars!!! These players want to play every game and get the ball as many times as they can!!

  62. By JE on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Parkway, just how do you no who a playoff team is and who isnt?? This is the NFL. There are NO garantees 6 games into the season who a playoff team is or is not.

  63. By Parkway on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Playoff teams from a year ago. San fran and Detroit were the only two so far and luckily we beat both of them but lost to some pretty lowly teams. I predicted we would be 6-2 when I first looked at the schedule so we better win these next two games in the next 5 days to prove my genius.

  64. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Parkway, I predicted 7-3 at the BYE– so they better win these next two games and the third. But even if they don’t, my genius is still intact.

  65. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    I am now categorizing fans into two piles:

    ANIMAL FANS

    TRUE FANS

    WHAT SAY YOU?

  66. By JE on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    OK. But just so you no playoff teams from last year dont mean anything.Just ask the teams that are playing the vikings this year. If you are going to base teams on what they did last year than you have to do that with your own team as well. That means we stink. We are a 3 win team that has no business beating the better teams based on last year. My point is LAST YEAR DONT MEAN SQUAT!!

  67. By JE on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    I do like your prediction of 7 and 3. I think you may be right Parkway. Way to be optumistic. We need more of that on this website.

  68. By Spencer on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Im not seeing playoffs personally.

    Don’t trust the quarterback.

  69. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    I totally trust the QB…

    But you need “uncovered” outside WR’s to throw the ball too…

    I picked the Vikings to be 6-2 half way through the season also…

  70. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Just hope the team stays healthy…Vikings have been lucky so far this season in that area…

  71. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, if we did lose Ponder, for example– what would happen? Who would take the reigns? Webb? OMG!

  72. By novascotiavike on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    (From SB Nation’s Martin Rickman, Oct 20)……”Who knows? Maybe Nova is an innovator. With a name like Nova, he could shine brighter than all of us. Regardless, I’m sure he’s hoping Rutgers’ offense explodes in the second half. The Scarlet Knights are really shooting for the stars against the Owls. If Nova can go on a hot streak, Rutgers might still have a chance”
    (When I’m not pitching for the Yankees, I like to QB the Rutgers college football team).

  73. By novascotiavike on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    * With a schedule like that ^^^, it’s amazing I can find time to get liquored.

  74. By BlueBird7 on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    BE SANE AND SERIOUS

    If we lose Ponder? It just happens, and hope it doen’t,

    In that unlikely event the Vikings do not have much choice but Webb!

    I think he can pull it off, he has come close before,

  75. By Bucky on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    WI 38
    MN 13

    9 in a row and the axe stays put. Packers looking to pile up 5 in a row against the Vikings in Dec. On Wisconsin!

  76. By novascotiavike on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Bucky ??????? I didn’t even know that be@vers could type ??????

  77. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    I will not comment on Joe Webb…

    Because the J Webb we saw last year…Or even in this years preseason games…Was a QB not ready to back up Ponder…

    But what about Joe Webb now ???…

    Webb has very good competition behind him in MBT…Webb is no longer a lock, to be the number 2 QB on this team…

    Christian took this last season, to really bury himself into the play book…And Holding personal practice clinics in the off season…looking to getting his timing down with his receivers…Rudolf took advantage of that going on…

    How is the competition going between Webb and Bethel-Thompson of late ???…How is Webb doing in practice lately ??…How much has Webb learned…Or MBT…

    Not a word lately on either QB’s progress ???…

    How is Mistral Raymonds rehab going ???…

  78. By Parkway on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    My genius is even more intact because I’m awesome. If we lost Ponder, Webb should run nothing but the triple option with Harvin and AD

  79. By BlueBird7 on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    OTKalil2012

    You DID comment on Webb! And I agree with you on how is the competition between Joe and Bethel-Tompson. And like you I am wondering why there is nothing reported on the subject.

  80. By Parkway on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Remember the flea flicker with Randall Cunningham?

  81. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    No reporting on Webb or MBT…No updates on rehabs for M Raymond or OT Love…

    And what on EARTH is going on with WR’s, J Wright and Summers…Any progress there ???…

    Because we haven’t seen anything new, out of Jenkins and Shudo…

  82. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Cunningham was amazing that year– but our OC was a genius. He still is– I enjoy when Billick is commentator more than any other commentator– except for maybe Joe Buck (jk).

  83. By Parkway on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    And he had about 10 seconds to throw with our O line.

  84. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Cunningham would eat a sandwich while he made his reads.

  85. By demflyboyz on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    All our vikings fans, When u think about it, we have a very good offense… only a few things that’s wrong with it that could easily be fixed… ponder is already avergaing 223 yards per game.. jus imagin if we start giving ap more carries and letting him break lose..

    Right now we have 2 very good players that’s not been a factor just yet but soon they will be…. John Carlson and Jerome Simpson…

    We could use Carlson in the redzone more to score some Td’s for our offense.. and jerome simpson is here to stretch the field..

    With Ponder,Peterson,Harvin,Rudolph,carlson,and simpson.. we could be very dangerous..

    Just watch and see, they will soon be big factors. And I can see ponder numbers easily going from223 yards per game to 340yards 3tds per game.

  86. By Spencer on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    BSAS- Why do you hate Daunte Culpeppers TD celebration?

  87. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, live in the present.

  88. By Spencer on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

  89. By Spencer on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    You’re a bit like Romney, always dodging questions..

  90. By Parkway on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Shut him down cook!

  91. By Spencer on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Fitz lines up all over the field, so Cook, Winfield, and Jrob will all be matched up against him at one point during the game.

  92. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    I just read John Elway supports Romney. Smart man.

  93. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, you are a bit like Obama– thinking you can rehash the same one-liners to change reality and offer hope.

  94. By Parkway on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Good one Titus. Too bad it’s not Ron Paul though

  95. By Spencer on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Parkway, who are you?

  96. By Matt.W on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    We will get revenge from last year. You got lucky last year-it wont happen tomorrow. Heres a little something for u fair weather viking fans-u know who u are u band wagon riders!!!! http://youtu.be/c2uW_lg2is0

  97. By Matt.W on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Dont worry moderators, its a music video and it has no bad words….

  98. By NO WORRIES ! on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    PAY HARVIN !!!!!!!!!

  99. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    ATTENTION CARDINAL FANS!!!

    Better gather your women and children– hide them in the basement. Wear protective eye-wear and brace yourselves. This could get ugly fast. Allen will have 6 sacks. Vikings have 10 sacks total.

    Vikings 42, Cardinals 10.

  100. By rory from n.w.ark on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Simpson catches a circus like catch for a T.D we go wild AP has 144 ywards,percy takes a kickoff tor a T.D. defense has a field day,at least 10 sacks two interceptions Vikings 45 AZ Cards 17…..

  101. By RichardA1 on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    They better not give away the game again! no interceptions! turnovers! penalties!

  102. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings bird hunting festivities start soon.

  103. By Spencer on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    This defense has made Luck, Gabbert, and RG3 look like All-Stars.

    Hopefully they dont add John Skelton to the list.

  104. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    This is an angry team– didn’t you read Wobby’s article?

  105. By Spencer on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Honestly with a majority of the articles all I read is the title, thats it.

  106. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Me too– lest I get angry over the poor copywriting.

  107. By mjbvikeme on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    I feel good about this game, mostly due to the fact of AZ’s horrible line. Looking for a couple picks this game. Hope Jarius Wright can get his first active duty… Simpson’s health worries me. Is he back to 100 percent or is this an issue that will need fixin in the offseason? Lay the wood tomorrow D!!

  108. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    I read a disturbing quote from Ponder — I think it was before last week’s game. Anyone see it? He said, almost verbatim– “What stinks is we should be 4-0″ referring to the loss at Indy– not a correct mindset. Getting ahead of himself.

  109. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    PLEASE PAY PERCY!

  110. By Pistolaspepe on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    Guys, yes the Cardinals D is a pretty good one however, you have AP. The Cards D can keep the game close if, The Cards offense can score! Here is where you are going to win the game……. Keep pressure on Skelton and realize he loves Fitz, who doesn’t. Continuos pressure on him and with a weak O-line, the game is yours. Good luck!

  111. By ed on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    With this D front and the Vikings D this is going to be a low scoring affair and a lock for the Under!! We wrote about why this is and also give you two other locks on our blog for freE!! http://nfllatestnews.com/week-7-football-gambling-preview/

  112. By Parkway on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Triple option with Webb, Harvin, Peterson. Call it the BlazIN package

  113. By BlueBird7 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Instead of “Win one for the Gipper” Win one for Ricky and make him happy.

  114. By Ozzinator on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Goin’ to the game today. Can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  115. By Ozzinator on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Win one for “The Romney”!

  116. By Ozzinator on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    woot woot

  117. By Ozzinator on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    How come I don’t hear anyone talking about Mistral Raymond?

  118. By Spencer on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Christopher O’Shea Cook has a big game day.

  119. By Ozzinator on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    GO COOK!!!

  120. By Ozzinator on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Cook’s gonna have Fitzgerald’s lunch!

  121. By Ozzinator on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Time to Go………………….

  122. By Kathy P on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s hope they just can keep the penalties to a minimum today. Those 15 yarders are killing this team. They need to maintain composure and still be able to play off the ball. Get the “fight” back into this team and fire them up coach!!!

  123. By Viking33 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    I second the pay Harvin sentiment.

    I love to watch Fitz play – too bad we will never get to see him in Purple.

    Winfield is a stud – Robinson – Cook – Harrison – Raymond – Sandford are becoming studs.

    I hope the D Line goes off today!!!

  124. By Viking33 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t believe that Harvin doesn’t have a nickname……?

  125. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Percy Harvin…A nickname ??…

    Harvin reminds of a movie I saw with Jet Li in it…It was called “The One”…

    Jet Li had a double in that movie, going around in several different cosmic dimensions killing himself off..In doing so…He became stronger, from the strength of his deceased counterpart, within all other dimensions…Gaining phenomnal strength and speed doing so…

    Percy Harvin…Is…”The One” !!!…

  126. By Viking33 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Not too bad Kalil!

  127. By sandiamond on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    #55 putin on a show on prime time tonite. frazier?

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